By Selena Stevens
staff members want to be heard. They want a voice
and a way to be visible in the university community.
The (staff) senate can be that voice."
Russ Williams, staff representative on the UK Board
17, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) --
With promising support from the University of Kentucky
Board of Trustees, staff leaders are preparing for
the creation of the UK Staff Senate. Forums are being
planned to introduce the idea of a senate and begin
soliciting senator candidates. A contest is under
way to develop a Staff Senate graphic.
December meeting, trustees gave first reading to a
governing regulation that would create the senate.
will be brought before the board Jan. 22 for a final
vote. UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. has supported creating
the senate and brought the proposal to the Board of
an exciting time for staff at UK,” said Staff Trustee
Russ Williams. “UK staff members want to be heard.
They want a voice and a way to be visible in the university
community. The senate can be that voice.”
was the university’s first staff member of the Board
of Trustees, being elected in 1998 and re-elected
in 2001. To gather staff input for his role, he relied
on an informal coalition of staff leaders and input
from a staff listserv and Web page.
we have done to this point is good, and it has worked,
but I know it has not been totally representative
of our staff,” he said. “The senate will be more representative
and will give direct input to the staff trustee and
and Scott Marksberry, who have worked on the development
of the senate with Williams and a core of other campus
leaders, said they feel the senate will give staff
a unified voice, similar to that of the faculty’s
University Senate. That voice will help advocate staff
needs in issues from health benefits to childcare.
better identify the senate, a graphic is being developed.
Staff are invited to submit graphic proposals through
Feb. 1 to email@example.com or 375 Peterson Service